This is actually a pretty good point, a major part of the reason we made finals that year was because we were able to consistently beat the sides below us (except St Kilda), and Hogan was part of that. Helped that we doubled up against four sides out of the top 8.tbf if we had a forward who could beat up on sh*t we may have pinched one of the Sydney & Freo games and played finals
Of course that is if we were getting the 2018 version and not the 2020 version
Wasn’t going to help us against the better sides though so it’s much of a muchness. We actually ran the good sides closer this year even if we didn’t smash the bad ones in the same way.
That Doggies loss was also a huge waste for us last year, we let them back into the season with one quarter of appalling defence. More than Sydney/Freo that’s where we blew our finals hopes.